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History website offers new data on Australia’s convict lives

Australian researchers have worked with four universities in the UK to develop a free website that tracks the lives of more than 90,000 people convicted of crimes at the Old Bailey in London between 1780 and 1925.

The Digital Panopticon website also allow family historians to trace the lives and criminal records of British and Irish convicts who were transported to penal colonies in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in the 19th century.

It draws on more than four million records, and was developed by the universities of Oxford, Sheffield and Sussex in the UK and the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

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